Ken Herman

Metro columnist

Ken Herman is the American-Statesman's metro columnist.

Latest from Ken Herman

Herman: The readers tell me where to go … in San Antonio
 I asked. Many of you answered. The question was “Is it just me, or do Austinites not go to San Antonio very often?” As is too often the case, the answer to this one, based on prevailing reader feedback, is it’s just me. And, as you know, the readers (at least those who pay to read our for-profit product) never are wrong...

Posted: 4 hours ago

I asked. Many of you answered. The question was “Is it just me, or do Austinites not go to San Antonio very often?” As is too often the case, the answer to this one, based on prevailing reader feedback, is it’s just me. And, as you know, the readers (at least those who pay to read our for-profit product) never are wrong...
Herman: The curse of constant free Wi-Fi
 Some footnotes to my recent first trip to Israel. So interesting. Go. Now. Don’t wait as long as my family did. Postponing the trip until there is enduring peace in the Middle East might mean never making the trip. And don’t miss a day trip, or more, to Petra in Jordan. Look it up. Unbelievable. Once I got over any consternation...

Posted: a day ago

Some footnotes to my recent first trip to Israel. So interesting. Go. Now. Don’t wait as long as my family did. Postponing the trip until there is enduring peace in the Middle East might mean never making the trip. And don’t miss a day trip, or more, to Petra in Jordan. Look it up. Unbelievable. Once I got over any consternation...
Herman: Sights and lessons in the Holy Land
 The wonderful thing about world travel is how it can open your eyes to how, despite the differences that make this world so troubled, there are some things that unite much of personkind. I recently enjoyed one of those wonderful moments during my first day in Jerusalem on my first trip to Israel. It came in the back seat of a cab as we headed...

Posted: 7 days ago

The wonderful thing about world travel is how it can open your eyes to how, despite the differences that make this world so troubled, there are some things that unite much of personkind. I recently enjoyed one of those wonderful moments during my first day in Jerusalem on my first trip to Israel. It came in the back seat of a cab as we headed...
Herman: Rural? You only thought you know what that means
 As you perchance have noticed, the Texas Legislature did not legislate this year. This is good because it saved us from who knows what. This is bad because we’ll never now what kind of entertainment we missed. By way of reminder, the Texas Legislature meets in regular session only in odd years. Long ago, odd years were deemed the appropriate...

Posted: 10 days ago

As you perchance have noticed, the Texas Legislature did not legislate this year. This is good because it saved us from who knows what. This is bad because we’ll never now what kind of entertainment we missed. By way of reminder, the Texas Legislature meets in regular session only in odd years. Long ago, odd years were deemed the appropriate...
Herman: How often do you go to San Antonio?
 Today, with summer travel season upon us, let’s deal with something from a file we’ll call “Is it just me, or … ?” Is it just me or does it seem like Austinites, in general, oddly find little reason to go to San Antonio, a unique and larger city that’s only about 80 miles southwest of here? This notion...

Posted: 14 days ago

Today, with summer travel season upon us, let’s deal with something from a file we’ll call “Is it just me, or … ?” Is it just me or does it seem like Austinites, in general, oddly find little reason to go to San Antonio, a unique and larger city that’s only about 80 miles southwest of here? This notion...
Herman: Gov. Abbott says Houston has more brothels than Starbucks
 It’s a subject area that was something of a political issue, and later something of a bigger thing on Broadway back in the 1970s, when some Texans were shocked to learn there was a brothel in La Grange. The topic is back, sort of, in the current gubernatorial campaign, thanks to Gov. Greg Abbott. Prior to diving into this, let&rsquo...

Posted: 16 days ago

It’s a subject area that was something of a political issue, and later something of a bigger thing on Broadway back in the 1970s, when some Texans were shocked to learn there was a brothel in La Grange. The topic is back, sort of, in the current gubernatorial campaign, thanks to Gov. Greg Abbott. Prior to diving into this, let&rsquo...
Herman: Doggett unmoved by Supreme Court decision to move into his district
 Thanks to a recent ruling by the federal court that reigns supreme, it’s time once again to check in with longtime U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, to see if he plans on voting for himself this year, something he hasn’t done in many years. This has to do with the fact that Doggett, an East Austin resident, doesn&rsquo...

Posted: 17 days ago

Thanks to a recent ruling by the federal court that reigns supreme, it’s time once again to check in with longtime U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, to see if he plans on voting for himself this year, something he hasn’t done in many years. This has to do with the fact that Doggett, an East Austin resident, doesn&rsquo...
Herman: The never-ending immigration debate needs to come to an end
 Not that it really matters, I guess, but lost, I fear, in this latest toxic outbreak of the long-running domestic debate over immigration law and its enforcement is the frustrating cause of it all: Horrible neighbors. And, stick with me here, we are not without blame. The United States again is twisted into political knots and inertia because...

Posted: 21 days ago

Not that it really matters, I guess, but lost, I fear, in this latest toxic outbreak of the long-running domestic debate over immigration law and its enforcement is the frustrating cause of it all: Horrible neighbors. And, stick with me here, we are not without blame. The United States again is twisted into political knots and inertia because...
Herman: American journalism in 2018
 We had a staff meeting Thursday afternoon here at your local newspaper. Nothing earth-shaking. American-Statesman Editor Debbie Hiott welcomed some great new hires and bright young interns. There was talk about recent journalism prizes won by staffers. And we heard about progress toward upcoming changes, resulting from the new ownership,...

Posted: 21 days ago

We had a staff meeting Thursday afternoon here at your local newspaper. Nothing earth-shaking. American-Statesman Editor Debbie Hiott welcomed some great new hires and bright young interns. There was talk about recent journalism prizes won by staffers. And we heard about progress toward upcoming changes, resulting from the new ownership,...
Herman: Can viral video spur Central Texas congressional race upset?
 The early reviews are in, and they’re pretty darned good. I haven’t seen anybody hail it as the feel-good hit of the summer, but it is getting noticed as something of an instant classic in its genre. “A war hero is running for Congress, and she just dropped one of 2018’s best political ads,” said the USA Today...

Posted: 22 days ago

The early reviews are in, and they’re pretty darned good. I haven’t seen anybody hail it as the feel-good hit of the summer, but it is getting noticed as something of an instant classic in its genre. “A war hero is running for Congress, and she just dropped one of 2018’s best political ads,” said the USA Today...